Fast food workers strike in New York City along with six other major cities in the nation today. This one-day event was organized and the fast food workers strike is all about making a wage they can live on with benefits, according to CBS New York, on July 29.
McDonald’s at 51st Street and Broadway in Manhattan on Monday was one of the places that striking workers made themselves present. This striking McDonald’s workers had some creative lyrics to chant:
“Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super size” and “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Poverty wages got to go.”
Fast food restaurants workers want their pay to go up to $15 per hour from what the majority of them are paid, which is minimum wage. In New York the current minimum wage is $7.25. The worker’s complaint is they cannot live on that hourly wage.
One fast food striking worker put their low wage problems in perspective, which makes it very easy to see what these folks are up against:
“At $7.25 and 20 hours a week that’s $109, a MetroCard is $112,” one Burger King worker said. “Everything I do is a step back.”
This could explain why some of the unemployed and people on public assistance are not as anxious to get back to work as they once were. Staying home on public assistance in the case where the worker’s MetroCard costs more than his weekly wages would make money sense.
Of course this taxes the government, but they were the ones who drew up the rules and regulations to begin with. Something’s got to give and raising the wages to fit today’s economy would be a step in the right direction.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney appears to be on the side of the fast food striking workers. Her take on the pay scale for these workers is that the service sector positions are a growing part of the economy, but the pay is not enough for folks to live on. She also said:
“Literally, the government ends up subsidizing these workers with food stamps.”
If the minimum wage is changed, the owners won’t have any other option, but to give their workers a decent pay. So maybe it is something the state will need to take a look at.
The walkouts or the one-day strike held by workers are in New York, Chicago; Detroit; Milwaukee; St. Louis; Kansas City; and Flint, Mich. Several fast food chain workers are taking part in this walkout which include, McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and Wendy’s.